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Old 02-15-2006, 10:59:46 PM
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I have always heard the story that in the KG doubles that there was a slight flaw in the geometrey somewhere in the valve gear which gave the engines the "KG GALLOP".

Does anyone know anything more about this. An old timer told me he could tell if a double was set right by the sound. I will not the give the politically incorrect phrase he used but a double does have a very distictive rythym to it

Our DRG does sound nice when it had a load to it

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I think I read a story in IMA where an engineer was asked to go to K-G and help fix the geometry problem that caused that gallop. He knew how to fix it but was too busy. He told his son, also an engineer, the fix, but his son never went either.....
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Half Keck, that story was supposedly about Clay and his son, who devised the "wonderful kicking Clay valve gear", as I've heard it called, that was on the Reeves engines. Maybe Gary Y. can fill us in on the details to the story? I think it was one that Lyle Hoffmaster told.

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...the whole mess sank to the bottom of the river, most likely near the intersection of the Ohio and Mississipi rivers. (
HalfKeck, are you telling me that I need to get my old SCUBA gear out of the closet?
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Well yeah, getting that scuba gear out might be a good idea, look at how nice that Case looks after being dug up. You may note that I did not mention exactly where this event occured, that is priviledged information just in case I come up with a winning lottery ticket, then you all can watch me on prime time tv unearth that underwater treasure However this information can be bought, just haul a single rear mount Keck Gonnerman to my house in any condition, must be flat spoke, and a deal can be arranged....
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After you posted this 160 horse Keck story I did a little digging in my files. From my microfilm tapes I found a story dated July 23, 1942 from the St. Louis Gazette. It was just a couple of paragraphs stating that the Army Corp. of Engineers, while dredging out the Mississippi River, struck a large metal object and hauled it to the West bank of the river. It appeared to be some sort of traction engine, the largest anyone there had seen. The boiler was intact, but the stack and wheels were all broken up. Part of the front was still there and the lettering was "...eck Gonn.... That was all that could be identified. The press also stated this boiler was laid to rest on the bank as curiosity and left.
At one time in my research I remember seeing some memos between the St. Louis Branch House and the Home office in Mt. Vernon. The memo from St. Louis stated something like the 1910 Keck lost off of the barge had been recovered and was ashore. The Home office wired back saying, "Secure and destroy!" I always wondered what that was all about. Now I guess we know the "rest of the story".
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Sounds like some folks need to collaborate on a article for Steam Traction magazine! This is a very interesting story.
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In order to keep the integrity and reliability of information of this thread intact, the following must be realized: The two stories about the KGC logo history and the 160 horse Keck were purely FICTIONAL, not a shed of truth to either. They were merely put there for your intertainment.
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Hrrumph! Thought the story sounded suspiciosly like the 150 HP Case story Chady used to tell at steam school!
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What story was that Mike?
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